Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

pyr(o)-

Fire.

[Greek pur, fire.]

Pyromania is an obsessive desire to set fire to things; pyrotechnics (Greek tekhnē, art) the art of making or displaying fireworks (often figuratively, a brilliant performance or display); pyracantha (Greek akantha, thorn) is a thorny evergreen shrub, the firethorn, so called from its bright red berries; pyrography is the craft of decorating wood by burning a design on the surface; a pyrometer is an instrument for measuring high temperatures, especially in furnaces and kilns; pyrexia is raised body temperature or fever.

In geology, pyroclastic (Greek klastos, broken in pieces) denotes fragments of rock ejected from a volcano; pyrolusite (Greek lousis, washing, because of its use to remove colour from glass) is a black or dark grey mineral with a metallic lustre, consisting of manganese dioxide; pyrophosphoric acid is a glassy solid obtained by heating phosphoric acid; pyrene is a crystalline aromatic hydrocarbon present in coal tar.

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